Past events

CSSF Event December 23, 2008
AMPA held a press Conference on December 23, 2008 at the CSSF (Comite de Soutien a la Scolarisation des Filles rurales) office in Rabat. The proceeds of our New York Gala were presented to the CSSF President Ms. Aicha Khidani. Three young girls also represented the association; two of them are currently benefiting from the program, and the third is a college student who graduated thanks to CSSF. Full details here

New York Event Oct 25th, 2008
Congratulations and thank you to all sponsors, attendees and organizers who made New York City event a success on October 25 th . A special thank you for Morocco's ambassador Mr Mekouar for supporting AMPA with its initiatives. The day included a session for AMPA members to decide on the 2009 Agenda, and a fundraiser for CSSF "Comit� de la scholarisation de la fille rurale", to sponsor a young Moroccan girl education for 4200 Dh per year. To take part of future event preparations or to sponsor upcoming events please contact us at More pictures and videos are on our Facebook Group Page! New York CSSF Event Brochure

Seattle Event Jan 26th, 2008

In collaboration with Boeing and Microsoft, AMPA Association of Moroccan Professionals in America , organized a milestone event on the Microsoft campus in Seattle on January 26 th , 2008. It is another testament to the AMPA's growing reach, with more than 200 members the association has been leading the way in connecting Moroccan Professionals through out the United States . The 52 attendees ranged from Professional Moroccans and non Moroccans from different corners of the country ranging from Seattle to Washington DC , San Francisco , Los Angeles and Atlanta and representing different industries from IT, Construction to Aeronautic.

The event kicked off in Microsoft campus with a welcome speech from AMPA in the image of Hicham Kabbaj, Vice President of Events, Mr. Mohamed Belali from Microsoft and Mr. Soufiane Hjeyej from Boeing. The event continued with Mr. Jeff Westerinen, Microsoft Surface Computing Product Unit Manager, who introduced to the attendees the latest technologies offered by Microsoft and also talked about opportunities for AMPA members with the leading giant. After Microsoft presentation Mr. Skip Thompson - Boeing Middle East & Africa Sales Director and Moroccan professionals in Boeing, showcased Boeing latest new products such as Dreamliner airplane, which Royal Air Maroc had purchased. He also stressed on the long standing relationship between Morocco and Boeing. The event continued in the afternoon with a field trip to the Everett Center where the attendees were introduced to the latest planes offered by Boeing such as Dreamliner. At the end all members were invited to dinner by AMPA own Mr.Faouizi Sefrioui, this was another opportunity to network with the attendees and get closer to the community and professionals in the area.

The event was a successful experience where AMPA members expanded their network to Washington state, where some of the biggest companies reside and some of the successful Moroccans showcase their capabilities. We would like to thank the community of Seattle especially WAMA, AMIE and Badissi-Sefrioui foundation for their support and excellent work among the community.

Seattle Event at Microsoft and Boeing Campuses - January 26, 2008
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08h30 - 09h30: Meeting at Microsoft Conference Center (Registration + Breakfast)

09h30 - 09h45: Introduction by AMPA President Khalil Jai Hokimi
Welcome by Mohamed Belali from Microsoft and Soufiane Hjiyej from Boeing

09h45 - 10h15: Mr. Stafford Mays - Microsoft Diversity Director
Microsoft: why is it one of the best companies to work for

10h15 - 11h00: Mr. Jeff Westerinen - Microsoft Surface Computing Product Unit Manager
Surface Computing & Opportunities

11h00 - 11h15: Break

11h15 - 12h15: Mr. Skip Thompson - Boeing Middle East & Africa Sales Director
787 Dreamliner & Boeing Morocco Relations

12h15 - 13h15: Networking Lunch

13h15 - 14h00: Travel to the Future of Flight Aviation Center

14h00 - 15h30: Boeing Everett Plant Tour

15h30 - 16h30: Closing Notes & Future of Flight self guided tour

19h00: Networking Dinner at AMPA Member Faouzi Sefrioui’s house (AMPA members only)

Working at Microsoft by Stafford Mays
Microsoft: why is it one of the best companies to work for?

Surface Computing by Jeff Westerinen
Microsoft Surface represents a fundamental change in the way we interact with digital content. With Surface we can actually grab data with our hands and move information between objects with natural gestures and touch.

787 Dreamliner &Boeing Morocco relations by Skip Thompson
The presentation will provide an overview of the Dreamliner advanced technologies and performance. Attendees will learn about Boeing and Morocco historical relations in the backdrop of Royal Air Maroc early commitment to the 787 and upcoming 737 deliveries.

Boeing Everett Plant Tour
The Future of Flight Aviation Center &Boeing Tour showcase The Boeing Company and the Everett product line, the 747, 767, 777 and 787 Dreamliner. As part of the tour, attendees will tour the largest building in the world by volume. On the Boeing flight line, visitors will see airplanes in various stages of flight test and manufacture for airline customers around the world.

Why should I attend?
  • Hear about breakthrough technologies in the Emerald City
  • Learn about the latest products from Boeing and Microsoft
  • Find out about job openings at Microsoft
  • Expand professional network
  • Discover scenic Seattle
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Moroccan American Bridges 2007 - May 14-16, 2007, Morocco

The Association of Moroccan Professionals in America (AMPA), in collaboration with the American Chamber of Commerce in Morocco (AmCham), Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (AIESEC), Association des Femmes Chef d'Entreprises au Maroc (AFEM), Alakhawayn University Alumni, Caisse de Dépôt et de Gestion ( CDG), Casablanca Technopark, Young President's Organization (YPO), organized the second edition of Moroccan American Bridges, a series of events in Rabat and Casablanca aimed at promoting entrepreneurship, fostering business opportunities between Morocco and USA and networking among Professionals.

The event kicked off on Monday at the CDG headquarters in Rabat, where ten ambitious teams representing multiple higher education Moroccan institutions presented ten business plans to an audience composed mainly of AMPA and AIESEC members, and a jury of seasoned business leaders from Morocco, Spain and the USA. The quality, creativity and originality of the proposals were impressive. The talents and skills exhibited by the team members were remarkable as each team vigorously defended its plan and addressed tough questions from the jury.

After the ten presentations and jury deliberations, the top three business plans were selected:
  • $ 3,000 prize: Vita Club, a high end travel agency
  • $ 2,000 prize: Valorium, a paper and cardboard recycling project
  • $ 1,000 prize: Mic Mag, a magazine for Moroccan teenagers

While only the above three teams won monetary prizes, all teams were eligible for professional coaching and loan assistance with their business plans for three year.

During the following two days at the Casablanca Technopark, distinguished industry leaders and Moroccan and American government officials gave presentations covering Free Trade, IT Outsourcing, Real Estate and Franchising. The presentations spurred a great level of interest and led to lively Q&A sessions. Between sessions, attendees mingled, caught up with old friends and shared perspectives and discussed opportunities.

During the evening sessions, Alakhawayn University Alumni and over 15 Human Resources professionals representing Moroccan and Multinational corporations, such as Microsoft, Shell and Ericsson met with AMPA members and discussed opportunities in the marketplace.

On Thursday and as a follow up to the main events, three AMPA members conducted coaching workshops with three rising entrepreneurs. The purpose was to guide the entrepreneurs polish their business plans and prepare for what lies ahead with banks, vendors, contractors, competitors, etc...

  • Vita Club tourisme du bien etre (Founder Soumaya Yaakoubi) coached by Omar Tazi.
  • BCSS Societe de Sécurité, Nettoyage Industriel, et Intérim (Founder Chaibia Balbzioui) coached by Karim Guessous.
  • Tanger-Catering (Founder Khadija Sahil) coached by Aly Horma.

In the evening, all AMPA members were treated to a dinner hosted by YPO in Casablanca. It was a unique networking opportunity with Moroccan leaders in diverse industries and a chance to hear first hand about the dynamic sectors in the Moroccan economy, challenges and opportunities.

This event was made possible by the generous contributions of Boeing, Royal Air Maroc, Casablanca Technopark, CMS Generation, Taqa, Groupe Menara, Institut CDG, Laprophan, HPS, Moroccan American Trade &Investment Council, G3P, Instituto de Empresa, and The contributions made are an endorsement by the sponsors for AMPA's mission and the firm belief in encouraging entrepreneurship and promoting transatlantic business opportunities.

The success of this event was also made possible by the countless hours dedicated by AMPA and AIESEC volunteers and other event organizing partners, who worked tirelessly the months, weeks and days leading to and during the series of events. To the volunteers, we'd like to thank each one of you for your dedication and tenacity.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2008 edition of Morocco American Bridges!

What AMPA Members said:

"It was a great experience to personally meet AMPA members in Casablanca and to participate in the interesting debates that were organized. As a Moroccan who decided to return to my home country few weeks ago, the topics covered gave me a first exposure to the Moroccan Economic situation and business opportunities. It is also an excellent setting for networking. I personally appreciated more the topic regarding franchising and real estate. Keep up the good work!"
Meriem Alaoui (Fullbright scholarship recipient, University of Miami, MBA 2006, Morocco)

"Congratulations to everyone behind the organization of Moroccan American Bridges 2007. This was a very informative and well orchestrated series of events and a wonderful networking opportunity. I look forward to attending next year's event."
Ali Bettahi,(Qwest, Pleasanton, CA)

"Thank you to everyone for such an excellent value packed event. You have created an outstanding conference and built a splendid community. I am impressed and hugely admiring of the wonderful work that you do, and I enjoyed the conference immensely"
Fatiha Occhialini (Fatiha LLC, Philadephia, PA.).

"I really enjoyed the entrepreneurship competition. It is a great idea to motivate the Moroccan entrepreneurs. And they were incredible. However, it would be nice to figure out how to add other subjects such as high tech ideas, etc (other than tourism and restaurants business). I honestly appreciate the effort and the hard work in organizing the event and also the effort of inviting all kind levels of people."
Slam Laqtib (Ingrian Networks, San Francisco, CA.)

"I thank everyone who helped make AMPA's Moroccan-American Bridges 2007 a success. The event allowed me to network with several professionals and exchange ideas about business opportunities between Morocco and the US. The event attendees got an update directly from some government officials on Morocco's economic vision. We also learned many facts and statistics from participating NGOs. The FTA session was very beneficial for businesses aiming to introduce Moroccan products to the US market. Overall, I am very satisfied with the outcome of AMPA's event and can't wait to attend the next one."
Karim Chaqchaq (AT&T, San Francisco, CA.)

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Day 1 Sessions:
Opening Session &Welcome Messages
  • Mr. Khalil Jai Hokimi, President, AMPA, USA
  • Mr. Larry DeWitt, President, AmCham Morocco
  • Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Industry, Trade &Economy Upgrading
  • Mr. Douglas Greene, Consul General of the United States to the Kingdom of Morocco
Session 1: FTA Successes and Opportunities Roundtable
  • Mr. Carl Dawson, Executive Director, AmCham Morocco (slides)
  • Mr. Rick Ortiz, Commercial Counselor, U.S. Commercial Service, Casablanca
  • Mr. Mario Kerby, USAID Agribusiness program (Chemonics)
    Moroccan industrial products trade with the United States
  • Mr. Michael Blakely, USAID New Business Opportunities program - Nathan Associates (slides)
Session 2: Technology and Offshoring
  • Mr. Jamal Benhamou, Director, APEBI (slides)
  • Mr. Lakhlifi, CEO, Unliog Logica CMG Morocco
  • Mr. Abdelaziz Bennouna , Director, HPS, Morocco (slides)
  • Mr. Ali Mouline, President, VoxAlto, USA (slides)
Day 2 Sessions:
Opening Session & Welcome Message
  • Mr. Larry DeWitt, President, AmCham Morocco
Session 1: Morocco Real Estate Opportunities moderated by Mr. Rachid Jamai, Moroccan Real Estate Federation
  • Mr. Abdelhai Bousfiha, Architect General of Morocco, Former Secretary General of the Conseil National de l’Habitat et de l’Urbanisme (slides)
  • Mr. Kacem El Bouanani, General Director, Actif Invest, BMCE Group
  • Mr. Mohamed Samir Benmakhlouf, President, Century 21 Morocco
Session 2: Entrepreneurship & Franchising Opportunities
  • Ms. Khadija Mekouar, Manager, Moroccan Franchising Observatory United States Franchising Trends and Acquiring an American Franchise (slides)
  • Mr. Perry Maisonneuve , Managing Partner, Morthern Lights Consultants, Canada (slides)
  • Mr. Abdelouahhab Bennis, President, Natural Hair Growth Institute, USA
Program also included:
  • Young Moroccan Entrepreneurship Contest
  • Franchising and Entrepreneurship
  • Technology and Offshoring
  • Morocco Real Estate Opportunities
  • FTA Success and Opportunities Roundtable
Newtorking Sessions:
  • Young President Organization ( hosted a dinner exclusively for AMPA members on Thursday May 17th
  • Cocktail with Al Akhawayn University Alumni Association Entrepreneurs
  • Evening about Job Market Insights in Morocco from leading HR directors, including those of Microsoft and Dell

Morocco IT Offshoring: Opportunities & Challenges for Global Competitiveness
When: Saturday November 04, 2006 Where: San Francisco Marriott Hotel , CA
Guest Speakers: Marc Onetto and Jamal Benhamou (APEBI Morocco)

When: June 17th, 2006 from 2 to 7 PM
Where: The George Washington University, Washington, DC

When: March 2006
Where: Rabat and Casablanca , Morocco

AMPA 1 Year Anniversary Event - Speaking & Leading: Your Investment in Your Future
Date & Location: January 28th, 2006. New York , NY
Guest Speakers: Certified Coach Donna Coulson and Driss Temsamani (Citigroup)

Transatlantic Entrepreneurship
Date & location: November 12, 2005. Houston , TX Guest Speakers: David Roth (US Dept of Commerce), Jean Abinader (MATIC), Najla Tannous (Small Business Administration)

Entrepreneurial networking & Moroccan-American business opportunities
Date & location: September 10, 2005. George Washington University , Washington , DC Guest Speakers: Communication Consultant David Nour and Ted Smith (MATIC)

Entrepreneurship and the US-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (FTA)?
Date & location: June 25, 2005 - 3 to 7:30 pm - San Jose , CA
Guest Speakers: Dinesh Mody CEO of medical device start-ups MicroMax and MicroRhythm, Adil Embarch Economic Officer at the Moroccan Embassy in Washington DC, Frederick Fucci Partner with Thelen Reid & Priest, Theodore R. Smith is Managing Director for the Moroccan American Trade & Investment Council (MATIC), Mohamed Elmandjra CEO of Vioptix, Thanos Triant President of the Woodside Group, and Fred Seddiqui serial entrepreneur and VC.

Event #1: How Can You Benefit From The US-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (FTA)?
Date & location: March 19, 2005 - 4 to 7 pm - Marriott Hotel, New York, NY
Guest Speakers: Mr. Aziz Mekouar, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United States and Mrs. Holly Vineyard, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Monthly Events with Friends of Morocco
Corsairs, Diplomacy and Confusion: The Origins of US-Moroccan Relations in the Era of the American Revolution.
When: Thursday, February 22, 2007 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Johns Hopkins University , Washington , DC

Raising the Moroccan-American child: Panel on approaches to nurturing successful multi-cultural (and multi-lingual) Moroccan-American children with feet both in Morocco and in the US
When: Wednesday, October 25 2006 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Johns Hopkins University , Washington , DC

Tangier, Morocco 1882-1909: Facts behind the fiction
When: Tuesday, September 19 2006 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Johns Hopkins University , Washington , DC 20036

Past press

December 2008:
Broadcasted by 2M: 2M link covering AMPA event (12th Minute)

November 2008:
Publié par Wafin: AMPA event a great success

September 2008:
Publié par Yacout Info: AMPA - Comite de Soutien a la Scolarisation des Filles Rurales - Fundraiser

April 2007 :
Publié par le Groupe CDG: Une mission americaine Offshore au Maroc en 2007

April 2007 :
Publié par Maroc IT

April 23, 2007 :
Publié par la MAP: Competition pour les jeunes entrepreneurs marocains le 14 mai a Rabat

November 26, 2006 :
AMPA sur Jeune Afrique: Le Maroc lorgne les Anglo-Saxons

November 10, 2006 :
AMPA sur Jeune Afrique: Les opportunites de l'Offshoring des technologies de l'information au Maroc, theme d'une conference de l'AMPA à San Francisco

March 22, 2006 :
AMPA sur L'Economiste: Des Marocains résidents aux USA dans le réseautage

March 21, 2006 :
AMPA sur Le Matin: Des ordinateurs pour les élèves défavorisés

March 18, 2006:
AMPA sur Maroc-USA: les investisseurs marocains doivent être rigoureux

March 9, 2006:
AMPA sur Le Matin: Concours des jeunes entrepreneurs marocains, le 13 mars

February 19, 2006:
AMPA on Morocco Times: Business competition AIESEC, AMPA launches contest for young Moroccan entrepreneurs

January 29, 2006:
AMPA sur LE MATIN: L'Association des professionnels marocains aux Etats-Unis fête un an d'existence

June 30, 2005:
AMPA dans ALWATAN: L'entrepreneuriat et l'ALE Maroc-USA : Thème d'une rencontre de jeunes professionnels

June 28, 2005:
AMPA featured on the Morocco Times: AMPA holds gathering of Moroccan executives in California

March 25, 2005:
L'AMPA dans la Vie Economique: Un réseau de businessmen marocains chez l’Oncle Sam

March 25, 2005:
La Vie Economique publie sur l'AMPA: Le libre-échange Maroc-USA au coeur du débat à New York

March 21, 2005:
Le Matin talks about AMPA's first event in NYC

March 19, 2005:
For its first event, AMPA Invites the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Embassy of Morocco to Promote the Benefits of the US-Morocco Free Trade Agreement. Read the press release.

December 31, 2004:
Maroc Hebdo talks about the creation of AMPA

December 10, 2004:
La Vie Economique announces the creation of AMPA

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